Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Life is Better With Friends

To create this card I used two different Technique stamps and my Pan Pastels.  I used Veined Marble  -, and  Better With Friends -

If you look at the Veined Marble stamp, you can easily that the lines and veins are not evenly distributed through the stamp.  That very fact gave me an idea.  I first stamped my marble  stamp with the dirty Versamark on white card stock. I then applied a peachy color of Pan Pastel.  Then I reinked the stamp with the dirty Versamark and twisted the stamp so the image was stamped in the opposite direction of the first stamping.  This caused the "veins" of the marble to be in different places. I covered that inking with a rose Pan Pastel.  Next I reinked the stamp with the dirty Versamark pad.  This time I bent  the stamp and stamped in a variety of places over the previously stamped images.  Now I used a burgundy Pan Pastel.  Then I sprayed it  with an artist fixative.  I used a fixative I bought years ago and it has very little smell.  I have used it for a long time but now I think I need a new can, This process added depth to the Veined Marble because you can see the various colors in layers -- just like with a real piece of marble.

I used my "embossing buddy" over the surface and then stamped the focal image  with Versafine black ink.  It was covered with black embossing powder and heat set it.

I used several layers of both card stock and designer paper.  I used a twisted ribbon and some pearls as an embellishment.

The next Blog Hop for the new January release stamps will be on Monday, January 2, 2017.  Set your calendar to come along on out hop!

Happy stamping and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, December 26, 2016

Creativity and Art

Happy day after Christmas!   Are you feeling the post Christmas lag?   I am  as I have had family for three different meals and three different sets of gift opening.  It was all good, but all tiring.  One adult son-in-law was ill so he and his family stayed home while the elderly relatives were here (age 89 and 90) so they would not get the virus.  Then after the elderly folks went home, they came out and opened gifts. Now my daughter and kids are here for a couple of days.  That will be fun. And in between gift openings  I had the opportunity to craft a couple of cards.  I will post one today and one on Wednesday. 

I used a variety of Technique Junkie stamps -- Veined Marble (, Return to Sender (, and Art Mistakes (  I also used a dirty Versamark pad and Pan Pastels.  Pat Huntoon talked about this in her blog post on Friday -  The dirty Versamark ink pad helps you to see the image you have stamped much easier.

Pan Pastels are unique in several factors.  You  can layer them and still see the individual colors as they are more transparent than other  pastels.  I have used both.  The fact that these are more translucent adds to their uniqueness.  Like nearly all kinds of pastels they are fragile and easily crack or break.  However, unlike traditional artist grade pastels, these can be repaired.    I was so impressed by the Pan Pastels that I bought a LOT of them at the York Heirloom stamp show in September.  One of the deciding  factors for me was how easy they can be repaired.  I have a LOT of other artist pastels in my craft room.  I used artist pastels in high school in art classes.  They are easy to blend with.  But we did not have  Versamark ink for the pastels to adhere to in those dark ages so long ago.   
To repair the Pan Pastels is relatively easy but it does take a bit of patience.  You need a toothpick or something thin and sturdy that you will not mind using for this or that you can throw away.  Add small drops of distilled water to the cracked pastel container.  You can start with a teaspoon drizzled slowly over the pastel pan. Add tiny amounts (drops) of water allowing the water to soak in.  Continue this process stirring carefully with the toothpick  until you have a thick soupy mixture.  You want to add the water slowly so you do not cause the (not cheap) pastel powders to overflow the container. Continue to stir until it is as smooth as you can get it.  There may still be some lumps left and the surface may not look the same as it did originally.  But it will work the same!  So if you are looking at these, choose the colors you want and ignore any cracks as now you know how to repair them.  (And I learned at the York show that you can do the same thing with your cosmetic compacts!)

Now for my card.  I first stamped the Veined Marble stamp on white card stock.  I used a sponge and a  purple Pan Pastel  and rubbed the pastels over the stamped image.  Then I just sort of heat set the ink with the pastels.  I don't think it is necessary but since I knew I was going to  stamp an image to heat emboss I wanted to be sure I didn't have embossing powder  sticking to the Versamark ink under the pastel powder.  Then I inked up the Return to Sender stamp without it being on an acrylic block. That way I could bed the stamp and apply the ink in sections which is what I did. I continued this process all over the card stock.  I applied a deep blue Pan Pastel over the purple. And I heat set it again.  My final stamping was with the Art Mistakes stamp.  I used Versafine Black ink and a detailed black embossing powder and heat set the powder.   I sprayed some pearlized  glimmer spray over the final card. 

The focal image was trimmed and layered with two different shades of purple card stock.   The ribbon was added before adhering to the base card stock.  A few Mylar snowflakes were glued down with  liquid glue.

So now, I am curious did you get any stamping stuff for Christmas?    Now you may have some time to get inky!

Judy Jackson

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Creaking Trees

I used a Technique Junkie stamp Creaking Trees -  I used a dark brown marker for the tree trunks and a deep olive marker for the pine needles.  I "huffed" on the stamp to make sure the ink was moist and stamped it on the white stock.  Then I used sponges to add the ground and sky. I spritzed the layers with gold glimmer spray.  Three deep olive ribbon lengths wrap  around a couple of layers, then adhered to the base card of deep olive.

My next post will be the day after Christmas as there is too much to do between now and Christmas Day!

Merry Christmas to all - and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, December 19, 2016

An Orchid Delight

The 30 Days of Christmas is over and the Design Team is on to  other types of stamps.  Soon it will be time for a blog hop for the January re;lease!

I used three Technique Junkie Stamps to create this card.  I used Orchids -, A Kind Word -, and  Veined Marble -

 I used a gray Memento ink to stamp the image on white card stock. I felt black ink might be too harsh.  Then i used a vanilla pigment ink reinker, shook it up well, and squeezed a few drops on an acrylic block as my palette.  I  added a few drops of water to think the ink because regular pigment ink would be too opaque.  I painted over the orchids and then heat set the ink until it was dry.

After wiping off the acrylic block, I scribbled three different colors of regular dye ink: a dark yellow, some olive ink, and a razzelberry color.  I used my water brush and added highlights or those colors on the leaves and the flowers.  I heat set that as well. Then i squirted some gold glimmer spray over the orchid panel, and I heal set that.

I trimmed the orchid panel and layered it on  Star Dream metallic raspberry text weight card stock.  Then I inked up the Veined Marble stamp with the razzelberry ink and curved the stamp to add texture around the edge of the green card stock of the base layer since there was a wider border than usual.

I adhered the orchid panel to the base card.   I used an embossing buddy to help prevent stray gold flecks of embossing powder on the dark area of the stamped and painted focal image.  I used Versamark ink on the stamp die and stamped. Then I covered it with detail gold embossing powder and heat set.  I wish it showed up clearer in the scan.  But anytime you scan metallic embossed images you can have trouble getting them to show clearly.

This would be a lovely Thank you card or a birthday card.

Have a great day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The FINAL Day of 30 Days of Christmas

This is the very last day of the 30 (or 31) Days of Christmas!  And it is the last day to get 25% off every single one of the Technique Junkie Christmas stamps!    Have you placed your order yet?

I wish you see the shimmer of the red embossing tinsel for the center ornament!  It is truly beautiful! The scan didn't do this justice, so then I took a picture of the card.   I still had some difficulty because under the light I kept getting a shadow of my phone.  In front of the window was a little difficult because it is very cloudy today.  

I used Technique Junkie Christmas Ornaments - - to create this card.  I used black stock and heat embossed the three ornaments in three different colors.  To accomplish this I used my MISTI.  I put the black card stock in the corner of the MISTI.  Then I arranged the ornament stamps and closed the lid.  I used an embossing buddy over the black card stock - hence the powdery look.   I inked up the stamp I embossed in gold first with Versamark ink. Then i closed the lid and pressed.  I lifted the lid and could see not all of the stamp had the Versamark ink.  So i repeated the process.  With the MISTI the stamp was exactly where it was before so no smudging. I heat embossed with detail gold powder. I removed that stamp from the MISTI lid so no  more ink would be transferred and therefore cause a different color of embossing powder to stick where I didn't want it. I repeated those steps with the silver detail powder, and then the red tinsel embossing powder.  I stamped the greeting on a scrap of black  card stock and heat embossed with detail gold embossing powder. It was punch out of the black.  I punched out two red pieces and trimmed them so they would fit behind the greeting.

The black card stock was layered on gold text weight paper, which was layered on red car stock. 

Have a great day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Day 30 of 30 days of Christmas

I have enlarged this card so you can see more of the detail.  I used one of the six trees in the Technique Jiunkie stamp set  - Christmas Trees -  I used the greeting from the Technique Junkie stamp set Christmas Ornaments -

I used olive card stock and meadow for the trees.  I used a scallop punch to cut them out. I stamped the greeting in the upper right corner of white card stock.  Then I used  that same card stock  in an embossing folder  with stars.  I wrapped dark green ribbon around the card stock layer and tieed a knot.  I used NUVO drops to create the ornaments on the trees. While it dries quickly The dots can smooch.  down even though they are dry.  Therefore I used tiny glue dots to adhere the trees to the card stock below the trees.

The NUVO drops are fun as they are self leveling with no little points. So you squeeze a drop down on the card stock and they self level and dry  within a few minutes!

Another fairly simple card with a wow factor  Good for this time of the year.

Don't for get there is only one more day get 25% off every single Technique Junkie Christmas stamp!  Have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Day 29 of 30 Days of Christmas!

Stars are often associated with Christmas.  The focal image is not a new Technique Junkie stamp but it created a lovely card that was quite simple to make and would be a good card for mass production.  Because there are no "bumps or lumps" it would require no extra postage.  And that is something to think about when making Christmas cards.

I decided to use navy and silver as my card colors. Very Christmasy!  I used Technqiue Junkie stamps Star Stream -, and Vintage Star -  Both stamps were inked with Versamark and then the images were heat embossed with detail silver em bossing powder.

I trimmed the image of Vintage Star to leave a thin layer of navy card stock around the edge.  The Star Stream stamp was silver text weight card stock. The Technique Junkie Merry Christmas was stamped with Versamark on navy card, heat embossed with silver detail powder, and punched out.  I used the  clear Wink of Stella pen to add the shimmer on the card.

Don't forget -- there are only 2 more days to get 25% off every single one of the Technique Junkie Christmas stamps!  Have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, December 12, 2016

Day 28 of the 30 Days of Christmas!

Wow, this time has gone by very fast!  Of course that is often the way it is in December!  I had "planned" to post and make more cards than I was able to do.  My reason is a simple one -- I just didn't have the time to make anymore cards than I made! Everyone ought to be able to understand that.  They "whys" to explain my lack of time are too numerous to list but  I am sure many of us have found that lack of time to be  true for many things we want to do during the holiday seasons.

So here is my card for today.  I will now have a Christmas card on this personal blog for the next three days.  I spent time tonight making these cards.

I used some die cuts i purchased years ago.  This is the first time I have used them.   I used a Technique Junkie stamp - All is Calm -   I cut several strips of white card stock or the trees die and the houses and church die.   I sponged the tree strips with green ink.  It didn't matter to me if the sponging was really even because I felt it added texture.  I sponged the houses and church strips with a matching blue of the card stock for the base  card.

I covered each strip with Versamark ink, cover it with a "snowy" embossing powder and heat set.  All those strips really glisten!   It was not an iridescent powder.   Then I stamped the greeting at the top (allowing room for the "star.") with Versamark ink, and heat embossed with detail silver embossing powder.

I used my ATG tape runner to to adhere the strips together in an eye pleasing arrangement  to me. I then ran all of the strips adhered together through my Xyron machine to get adhesive on the back side.  I used my home made cloud stencil to add color and visual texture to the sky.  Then I adhered the panel of trees and houses, etc to the sponged cloud panel. This was layered on blue and layered on silver, and onto the base card.

While this card is not difficult, it was a little "fussy" and time consuming, but i felt it was worth the effort.

I still have a few cards to make, and some to hand deliver, but most of my cards are in the mail.  Some have received because they told me so.

 I hope you have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Day 22 of 30 Days of Christmas!

There is little about card making (no matter what stamps you are using)  that is truly original.  We get ideas all the time from other stampers, from magazines, from nature, from bill boards,  from furniture -- just all sorts of places.  So this card is totally different from a card by another stamper.   You know what is the same?  I used an angel and a bow.  That is it!

So now let me tell you what I did.  I had started coloring this stamped Technique Junkie Angel with Lute -, but I hadn't finished it,  So I finished coloring with Smooch paints.   Then I remembered I had purchased a new really glittery gold Smooch Paint at a recent stamp show.  I used it on several places on this card.
I tried to tip the card and take a picture of this glittery gold Smooch paint.  I hope you can see it now.  I used gold glitter paper behind the white layer on which the angel is adhered.  

I took a very muted piece of designer paper and stamped the Technique Junkie stamp O Holy Night - - with Versamark  ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I used some Distress ink and went over the embossed image, and used an Art Anthology Colorations spray over the embossed image and wiped off excess ink so the music score and words show up.  The music layer was adhered at an angle over  a different sheet of designer paper that had some white snowflakes on the paper.  I spritzed again with the Art Anthology Colorations spray and quickly wiped off the ink so it wouldn't be as dark.  

I stamped the greeting Technique  - Junkie Stamp All is Calm - - with Versafine Black ink and used clear embossing powder when I heat embossed the words.  I punched out the greeting and  went around the edge with a gold Krylon pen. So pretty!

Ribbon was wrapped around these layers before being adhered to the base layer.  The angel and the greeting was adhered at an angle on the music layer. With a light touch I went around the edge of the embossed music paper with a gold Wink Of Stella marker.   I used a fork bow as the final embellishment.

Enjoy!  Have a great day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Day 16 of 30 Days of Christmas

I have to admit, this card was totally inspired by Beth Norman;s blog post here -,   You will need to scroll down to the last card on this blog post. Her card is so gorgeous!

I treated it slightly differently.   I used dark purple card stock and she didn't. I used an iridescent embossing powder and she didn't. I have a greeting on the front and she didn't.

But we both used the same Technique Junkie stamp Country Church - - for our focal image.  I also used the Merry Christmas from Technique Junkie Stamps Christmas Ornaments Trio - .

Everything was heat embossed.

Because of the iridescent embossing powder -- this card simply sparkles!

I will be finishing my Christmas cards today.  Then to finish my annual letter, address envelopes, and get my cards in the mail.

Have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, November 28, 2016

Day 14 of 30 Days of Christmas

There is nothing quite like silver and gold that speaks of Christmas to me -- and I suspect to most people.  I chose this lovely card stock color for this card.

Lest you think that Design Team member never mess up on cards -- let me change  your mind!  I "knew" that embossing powder often spread and I knew therefore you can have difficulty getting words to emboss and look good.  That is especially true if the font is small and close together.  I just didn't think that these words were in such a small font, but oh yes they are!  I had stamped them in Versamark and then covered with silver embossing powder.  Oh, it was bad!   I evidently do not have "detail" silver embossing powder!  The words were a total mess.  So I had to start over.

The second time I used Stazon silver metallic ink.  The problem with that ink is that it dries very quickly so you must get the stamp die covered and stamped quickly.  That took me several tries to get a successful image stamped. Then I cleaned it right away with Stazon cleaner.  This ink doesn't come off easily even with Stazon cleaner.  

I am using Technique Junkie Peace on Earth Dove -  Next I reinked with Versamark the area around the dove and the larger block words in the bottom right corner. I covered the ink with detail gold embossing powder and heart embossed.   Then I  "fussy cut" out the dove and used dimensional to pop it up. I did the same the block words at the bottom. 

I layered it on gold and then on the burgundy card stock to complete the card.  

Don't forget all Technique Junkie Christmas stamps are on sale 25% through December 15.

Now to finish the rest of my cards, get presents wrapped and under the tree, and start on Christmas baking!  -- Have a great day and get inky.

Judy Jackson

Saturday, November 26, 2016


Those of you who may follow my blog may remember the scene I painted last year -- after Christmas.    

So now here it is all together for my Christmas decorations for this year.

This year I am having a little difficulty with my decorations.  This is the first time in 48 years I had to set up the tree and make sure all the lights work, etc.  I am not enjoying this part at all.

Hope you are preparing for your Christmas celebration -- and getting inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Day 9 of 30 Days of Christmas

I created this card with Technique Junkie stamps.  The stamps are Angel . with Lute -, and words from Christmas Ornaments Trio -

I used some Zig Watercolor Markers to color the angel.   I mounted the focal image on several layers, and placed it on some designer paper.  The words were stamped with Versafine Black ink and heat embossed.

Have a great day -- and a great Thanksgiving!  After dinner -- you might want to get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, November 21, 2016

Day 7 - 30 Days of Christmas

This is another easy card - which most of us need at this time of the year!I first stamped the song background - TJ O Holy NIght -  with gray ink.  Next I used an "Embossing Buddy" over the entire are. I stamped the TJ - The Greatest Story" stamp - with Versamark ink and covered the stamp are with white embossing powder and heat set.  Then I sponged blue ink over the embossed area.  The white embossing area wasn't showing up as much as I  wanted it too.  So I decided my old favorites - Antique Glimmers!  Now the  embossed area shows clearly.

I  added layers to the focal image  and a bow using my Bow Easy.

Don't forget ALL TJ Christmas stamps are 25% off  through December 15!

Have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Day 3 of the 30 Days of Christmas!

Day 3 -- it is always exciting to see what each Design Team member does for these 30 Days of Christmas.  I find it to be inspiring! And their cards spur my own creativity!

For this card I used Technique Junkie Pine Cones - and Technique Junkies Merry Christmas -

I used a dark teal paper and Versamark ink to stamp the panel.  Then I inked a center portion of the stamp with Versamark ink on the same dark teal card stock. I heat embossed that section with white embossing powder. I used a large scallop punch to punch out the section of the embossed image I wanted to highlight.  I also used the scallop punch to punch a dark teal scallop, ans a circle of white glimmer paper.

The dark teal panel is layered on white glimmer paper just as is the circle.  Glimmer spray is spritzed on the dark teal panel. Flatter means easier mailing, and at this time of the year easy mailing is important A ribbon tied around the focal image group, The circles layer was just adhered  flat -- it is not popped up with dimensionals.

Flatter means easier mailing, and at this time of the year flatter is better!

And ---  all Technique Junkie Christmas Stamps will be 25% off during this 30 Days of Christmas - November 15-December 15, 2016.

Have a great day -- and get inky

Judy Jackson

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Day 1 - of the 30 Days of a Technique Junkie Christmas!

This is a bit out of the box Christmas card but it is really pretty -- in real life!  This is Day 1 of the 30 Days of Christmas with Technique Junkie Stamps.  This is my own blog but there will be a lovely card each day now - with December 15 as the last day - on the Design Junkies blog -  . So be sure start with a stop there for the next 30 Days!
And ---  all Tecxhnique Junkie Christmas Stamps will be 25% off during this 30 Days of Christmas - November 15-December 15, 2016.

I used this wonderful Technique Junkie stamp - Glowing Branches -  and Technique Junkie Winter Wonderland stamp sets to create this card.

I used Memento Gray Flannel to stamp the branches, and I heat embossed the greeting in black ink and black powder. I sponged the sky behind the branches.  But and I oh so wish you see this card because it just really sparkles!  At the end of each branch tip I added iridescent blue glitter glue. Oh, it is just so pretty!  You can see the little dots - now just imagine the sparkle!

Punched our greeting panels and super sparkly ribbon finished the card.

Have a great day - and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, November 14, 2016

Winter Wonderland

This is not necessarily a Christmas card, but it sure could be.  It involved some creative stamping but it was not hard to do. I had this vision in my mind of snow covered trees in the forest.

I first stamped the trees (Technique Junkie Stamps Hillside Pines -  with a nice dark green ink.  I stamped them in layers - one on top of the others.  I then cleaned my stamp very well.  I used a heat tool to dry the green ink.  Then I used my embossing buddy over the entire sheet of card stock so I wouldn't get embossing powder where I didn't want it. I inked my tree stamp lightly with Versamark ink.  I didn't want to get a solid image. I did not use my MISTI because I didn't want to have the Versamark exactly where my green trees were stamped.  Then I covered the Versamark with white embossing powder and heat set.  I repeated this process over both the tall and short trees.

Then I used  my handmade and home drawn could stencil.  Sponging different colors over the different sections of the stencil gives a unique look and no sky will ever look exactly the same.

Then I used the Winter Wonderland stamp from the Technique Junkies Winter Wonderland Sayings set -

Several layers and ruffled ribbon finish the card.  Enjoy your winter.

Have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Friday, November 11, 2016

Trust Your Journey

I saw this embossing folder at a recent stamp convention before I received this November Technique Junkie stamps Trust Your Journey -

I ran the yellow card stock placed in this license plate embossing folder through my Big Shot machine.  Then I used a very stiff sponge with dye based ink over the embossed area of the card stock. I ran a second small piece of card stock over the New York license plate area.  I used the sponge there as well. I cut out just that license plate and mounted it on black card stock and trimmed it by hand.

The verse was stamped with Versafine black ink and covered with black embossing powder. The edge was sponged and then layered on two layers of card stock.

Both the license plate and the verse are popped up with dimensionals.

Have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

A Four Square Christmas

I am truly into easy  Christmas  cards - not just this year, but every year!  This is pretty easy.  

I used Technique Junkie stamp set called Christmas Sponge Set  -  And the Merry Christmas words are from a Technique Junkie Christmas stamp set called Christmas Ornamanets -    Those words are heat embossed to stand out against the designer paper.

The four images were stamped with dye based ink on glossy paper.  I heat set the stamped images so the ink wouldn't smudge as I punched the squares! Then I cut out the scalloped squares.  The squares were layered on the scalloped squares.  Then they were  placed on the already adhered designer paper.

The greeting was heat embossed on the designer paper.  

Have a great day and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, November 7, 2016

Be Bold, Be Brilliant!

Have you ever looked at a detailed photo stamp (or almost photo stamp) like this newly released Technique Junkies stamp Country Church - -  and thought to yourself, "I like this stamp but it is so detailed it will hard to color in?"  I want to tell you this was EASY-PEASY to color!  You just need to know the right rick!

The first thing you need is a stamp positioner tool -- such as the   MISTI!!
I laid my card stock in the corner of the MISTI. Then I positioned the stamp where you want it on the card stock.  I closed the lid of the MISTI firmly to be sure the stamp clung to the lid.

Then I inked up the stamp die with Memento Gray Flannel ink, and closed the lid pressing firmly over the back of the stamp. That transferred the image to the card stock.  The lid became my acrylic block handle for my stamp.  Then clean your stamp leaving it ON the lid.  Then ink up the stamp die once more with Versamark ink, close the lid, and once again press firmly on the  lid to transfer the ink to the card stock.  Because I used the MISTI the Versamark  ink is now exactly on the same lines as I first stamped the image in gray!

And now for the magic.  Using a chalk applicator place the chalk color on the image  where you want it.  Because the Versamark is sticky, it holds the chalk in place.  It colors in very quickly!   I did add some blue here and there between the tree branches to add some depth to the sky.  However, even though the Versamark will hold the chalk - the plain areas of  blue sky will not hold the chalk so I needed to use a chalk fixative.   I used  Winsor & Newton Artist's Fixative Spray. Some brands of artist's fixative sprays are very "stinky" - this one is not so bad.   I have no idea which big box store I bought it at, as I have have it a long, long, long time -perhaps over 10 years.

I wanted to add a saying so I chose Be Bold sentiment from the  Technique Junkies stamp set Typewriter Set -  It was stamped on Vellum and punched out.  I also punched out a second balloon from red card stock.  I adhered them together using a small Xyron machine.  I added some twine and it is floating in the sky.

Have a great day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Selling Lots of Stamps!

After my husband passed away very suddenly, my daughter and family moved back home from Europe.  That meant my large stamp room (11x14 feet) needed to be moved upstairs to a much smaller room (about 9x10 or so).  I got rid of a lot of stamps and other supplies then via a garage sale and selling boxes of “Grab Bag” stamps.  Here am I again – a much smaller room and the very really need to downsize my extensive stamp collection much farther.  So I am selling Grab Bag boxes of stamps. 

The stamp companies represented in what I am selling are Stampin’ Up, Close to My Heart, Artistic Out Post, Paper Bag Studios, Stampers Anonymous, Sweet and Sassy Stamps, and more.  Some are clear acrylic stamps and most are rubber.  The themes run the gamut – Christmas, birthday, floral, children, words, borders, background stamps, and more.  I have no idea which stamps are in which box.  Stamps are all cling of some kind – there are no wood backed stamps. All stamps are in Ziploc bags and no cases are provided.

The medium size flat rate boxes contain several hundred dollars worth of stamps and I am asking $40 – which is postage paid. The small size flat rate boxes hold several bags of stamps and at least 3-4 bags.  I am asking $15 postage paid.  I will only accept Pay Pal and will only mail within the United States.  Please mail me if you are interested in purchasing a box, and I will let you know my Pay Pal address. Please post a comment and I will contact you.  I will send you an invoice.

I have five medium size boxes and 8 small boxes to sell. 

Judy Jackson

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Happy November! Happy Blog Hop Day! Happy, Happy Stamping!

Today is Technique Junkies Stamps Blog Hop Day! As usual, there is a 15% off all November release stamps from 11-1 to 11-08-16. The Discount will show up in your shopping cart.

Perhaps you have arrived here from Pam's blog – I hope you found her work inspiring!  If THIS is your first stop, please take a moment to start at the Design Team’s blog at  so that you don’t miss any of the great artwork!” 

Every member of the Technique Junkies Design Team receives stamps from our fearless leader, Pat Huntoon.  But we do NOT receive the same stamps. Since the Christmas release was in October -- the November release does not feature true "Christmas" stamps.  There are certainly some "winter stamps."  And because we are different -- each Design Team members views the new stamps differently and ends up creating cards and projects just as differently!  I look forward to seeing just how each DT member uses the new stamps in different ways.  And so here is MY take on a few of the NEW releases of Technique Junkies stamps!

The above monochromatic card was created with two new Technique Junkie stamps!  They are Snow Swirls and Snowflakes Fall - .  I stamped the snowflake background stamp in blue and layered it and  and the greeting on matching blue card stock. The focal image panel was wrapped with a shimmery blue ribbon.   Blue foil embellishments were adhered here and there.  I added blue glitter glue in many places to add additional shimmer!   However, I wish snowflakes didn't fall in my driveway!

I so remember Louis Armstrong singing this wording in that gravely voice of his. It is called Wonderful World - - a new technique Junkies Stamp!   Do you remember it as well?  I used the new Technique Junkies Stamp Hillside Pines - - stamped several times to create the tree line.    I used a had drawn cloud stencil to create the sky both behind the trees and the words of the song.  A ruffled ribbon was added and a few lines with a Star Dust gel pen.

I laughed when I saw this new Technique Junkies stamp of an  antique typewriter called  Typewriter Set -   I decided to just stamp the typewriter in black ink and not heat emboss it.  The set comes with a variety of sayings to to stamp on the "sheet of paper" in the typewriter.  There is enough room to easily stamp it correctly.  Pat was careful with her trimming of the saying stamps so each of us can stamp this easily and correctly every time.   I used Random ABCs - - and stamped it at an angle a couple of times.  I also used a button embossing folder.  I used a stiff foam sponge to apply ink just to the surface of the embossed areas of the card stock.  I added a few metallic finished buttons and a piece of ruffled ribbon as embellishments.

My last card for the Blog Hop feature some hot tea!  I make a pot of hot tea every morning.  As my sister says, "I am not old enough to drink coffee!"  Now my almost white hair might be misleading.
. I used the new Technique Junkies stamp called Teatime -  ,   The saying is also a Technique Junkies Stamp called Like A Teacup - to create this panel I used a Versamark marker to ink up the tea cups.  Then I carefully used my black Versafine ink pad to only ink up the the words because I felt the words would stand out better from the panel if they were stamped in black. I covered both with clear embossing powder and heat set. Then I applied Art Anthology Colorations spray and wiped up the excess. I used the smallest end of a coral marker to add a little more color to the tea cup handles, the tiny hearts, the tea bag tag, and the open spaces in the letters of some words.  After creating all of the various card stock layers I used then I decided I should use a tea bag as an embellishment.  I looked at all of my stash of tea bags and chose this one because of the colors in the packet.

I hope I have enticed you to "hop along" on the rest of the blog hop! Please be sure to go to the next blog on this hop - the very talented Tonya Davidson:!

The complete Blog Hop list is here :

A final two things for you to know and remember; The Technique Junkies Design Team will be hosting the “30 Days of Christmas” from 11-15-16 to 12-15-16. That means each and every member of the TJ Design Team will be focusing on using Technique Junkies Stamps to create Christmas cards  during this time period.  During that time I  will focusing my attention on using TJ stamps to create Christmas cards and they will appear on my blog at least 3 times a week during this time period.   I will be trying to create cards that are easily replicated because I know just how busy this time time of the year can become. And second - Please remember there is a 15% off all November release stamps from 11-1 to 11-08-16. The Discount will show up in your shopping cart.   So start shopping!

Have a wonderful day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, October 31, 2016

Festive Wreath Card

I used the Technique Junkies Christmas Sponge set - to create this wreath.  I used two different green markers and a red marker to color the leaves and holly berries.  I stamped the holly on strips of white  card stock and used a very similar curved holly punch and punched out the leaves.  Cut a larger circle for the base of the wreath.  I didn't do this and I should have as it would have made it much easier.

I traced around a round bottle for the shape of the wreath.  I adhered holly leaves down with a tape runner for the first layer.  Then I used foam tape in thin strips curved under the leaves.  I cut an interesting shape from red card stock to lay the wreath on and adhered it.  I used Liquid Pearls in a lovely red color for the berries - both where they were stamped and in other places as I thought they needed to be in place. I let it dry over night.  A multi loop wreath (with my "Bow Easy")  was adhered with a glue dot.

The wreath panel was adhered to a layer of background paper which was adhered to the base layer of red card stock.  I stamped the Technique Junkies Merry Christmas - - with black Versafine  ink and heat embossed it.

Come back tomorrow for the November first Technique Junkies blog hop!  Lots of terrific new stamps ahead!

Happy day to you and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Life Takes a Turn When You Don't Expect It and Now an Update---

Every one of us is aware that sometimes Life takes a turn and you do not expect it.  That has happened to me this week. I ordered new laminate flooring for my stamp room and my bedroom this past Tuesday. Yesterday (only 2 days later!)  they called me to tell me they could begin ripping up the old carpet and putting down the new flooring on Monday -- less than a week from when I paid the deposit.  I thought I would have at least 2-3 weeks before this would happen.  I had hoped it would be done by Thanksgiving not in less than a week!

I was shocked to say the least.  So I am working at emptying those two rooms so this can be done.  I have to work when I can have the help to move the big stuff  -- and that is today.

This is the stuff off of my stamp desk and my my counter in my stamp room.  I have moved a lot out of there and it is stacked here and there all over my kitchen and dining area.    I hope by Tuesday evening I will have it all back in place or at least so I can work in there. 

I do have a few cards ready to scan and my plan was to do that last night and make a post today.  But alas, the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go awry and that happened to me.  I will get those cards scanned and posted soon but not today.

So think of me today -- and please get inky!  I won't be!

Judy Jackson

PS. An Update - both my bedroom and my stamp room are as empty as we could make it.And my kitchen, dining room, and living room is crowded with other furniture and other stuff.  I now have to live this way until sometime on Monday and/or Tuesday afternoon. Once a room has the new flooring then I can start putting things back in that particular room.  I can hardly wait until things are back where they need to be. 


Monday, October 17, 2016

Spotlighting Pine Cones

I used the traditional Spotlighting technique to create this Christmas card.  I used Technique Junkie stamp Pinecones - and TJ Merry Christmas .  -

I stamped the whole panel in a light tan/brown color.  Then I colored the area I wanted to "spotlight" with markers.  After stamping the image I punched out the pine cones and punched the dark brown circle.  I added a piece of designer paper left over from another card and placed it so it would be behind the "Spotlight" of pine cones.  Merry Christmas was stamped and heat embossed so it would stand out and not be absorbed into the design behind it.  I tied a "fork bow" using my Bow It All and adhered it to the left of the focal image.   It was all layered on dark brown card stock. 

Have a great day, and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Friday, October 14, 2016

Stamping Again!

I have been so busy with other things after my daughter and her family moved to their own house,  I have not had time to stamp.  Tonight I tidied up in my stamp room actually found my stamping  area!  So what was a girl to do but STAMP!

This card features Christmas sstamps from Technique Junkie Stamps.  I used Christmas Trees,   I also used Technique Junkie stamps Merry Christmas -

This is a super easy and VERY reproducible card.  I made an A2 size card which is 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 inches.  I made 2 pennants out of designer paper.  One pennant was large, and the other one was narrow.  The tree was stamped on white card stock and then punched out with a 2 3/8 inch scallop punch.  The red circle is 2 1/2 inches in diameter.  I used Wink of Stella on the star and the branches.
the greeting was stamped on a scrap piece of white card stock.   It was stamped with Versafine ink and heat embossed.  Sponging was added for dimension.

As you can see this card involves layering but is quiet easy.

Have a good day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A New Beginning!

Anyone who has followed my blog knows that my husband died 15 months ago.  Our daughter, her hubby, and their 3 children (ages 3, 5, and 8) moved back here to live with me for the past 15 months. And while I love all of them and they love me,  living together has not always been easy for any of us.  We had many "learning" experiences and exercises in patience.

I am happy to report they have purchased their own home and have moved in.  They are now living 7 minutes away! - far enough so we not are not on each other's doorsteps, but close enough if I need help.   So that is all good.

And after they moved out, I needed to address the areas of the home where they basically lived.  This will be a work in progress for a while yet.  Any one who knows me, knows I am a long range planner, and I take advantage of sales and I try to shop wisely. Since I knew they were going to move, I started planning.  I knew the color they had painted the room that was my daughter and her hubby's bedroom. Since that paint was only a year old, it did not need to be repainted.  So I worked around that color.  I bought new bedding, a new bed, a new mattress and box spring, 2 recliners at a garage sale that were still in pretty good shape, and a few other things.

I have a large dining room table and I am not getting rid of it.  But I felt I needed a new "space" for me to eat in the living room without having to eat sitting on the couch.  So I shopped and shopped and looked for something to be a dining room for one.  And this is the result.

All of this means I haven't done much (read NOTHING) in the way of stamping, but I will be tomorrow.  So I will have stamping to show on this blog very soon.

So now I have a new beginning here -- living alone.  So far it is good.  The biggest difficulty will be to be sure I am not lonely.  Being around people is good for all of us.  So I have to plan my time so that I not alone all of the time. 

Judy Jackson 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Bounty of The Season

This is a quick and easy fall or Thanksgiving card.  I sprayed white card stock with Art Anthology Colorations sprays. 

I stamped the Technique Junkie Vintage Botanical Oak -   - with black Memento ink on the colorations sprays.   I stamped the verse from the new September Release of Technique Junkie stamps called Thanksgiving Blessings -  I used black memento ink for the verse.  Layers and ribbons finish the card.

Only 2 more days!  Don't forget that all of the Technique Junkie Christmas release stamps are on sale for 15% off through October 10!

Happy stamping and get get inky!

Judy Jackson 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

I used the newly released Technique Junkie Stamp set called Thanksgiving Blessings - to create this card.   I used white card stock sprayed with Art Anthology Coloration sprays for the top layer of the base card. I stamped the Cornucopia image with black Memento ink.  I used Prismacolor pencils and gamsol for coloring. 

 I layered a purple vellum on the green card stock and placed the focal image on top.  I stamped the verse and greeting on the lower half of the vellum, used detail gold embossing powder, and heat embossed.  Layers and a purple ribbon finish the card.

Have a great stamping day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, October 3, 2016

Joyeux Noel!

I have been having fun with the Art Anthology Coloration sprays this month!   They were sprayed on a white sheet of card stock.  I used Technique Junkies Father Christmas - - as my focal image and the newly released Technique Junkie stamp called Joyeux Noel - 

I stamped Father Christmas in a medium brown ink.  I used a gold Wink of Stella pen to highlight different areas in the stamped image.  Lot of card stock layers - including a text weight gold card stock - and a ruffled ribbon at the bottom of Father Christmas help to make the card unique and rather simple to complete.  I used three different punches for the embellishment.  I first stamped the greeting with black Versafine ink, covered with detail black embossing powder, and heat set. Then i punched out the saying making sure I had most of the image.  Then I punch a layer of gold text weight card stock, and a circle of the green color.  It is popped up on the right side with dimensionals, and the left is only adhered with two sided tape.

Don't forget that all of the Technique Junkie Christmas release stamps are on sale for 15% off through October 10!

Have a wonderful day -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Saturday, October 1, 2016

And a Merry Merry Christmas to You!

A new month and new stamps are always exciting, but new Christmas stamps are very exciting!   We are excited to share cards and projects with you using these new Technique Junkie stamps! The entire Technique Junkie Design Team hopes you enjoy this release and will find some stamps you must have for your collection. Don't forget that all of the Technique Junkie Christmas release stamps are on sale for 15% off through October 10! Please start the Blog Hop with the Design Junkies blog -.  -  .

You may have come from the talented designer Pam  DeChellis:

I totally understand the need for nice but simple cards for Christmas.  I send out about 120 cards - all hand stamped! - every year.  So my Christmas cards need to be relatively easy to make and yet look very nice.  I will tell you these stamps can help you do exactly this!  

For this first card I sprayed several colors of Art Anthology Coloration sprays on white card stock.  Then I inked up the Calm and Bright - -     image with black Memento ink and stamped it over the sprayed background. I used a Stardust glitter pen to highlight the snowflakes.  I added the metal snowflake with a glue dot on the back.  Lots of layers add to the visual interest.

I also used a variety of Art Anthology Coloration sprays for the background and then I sponged some more light purple ink in the middle of the card stock before stamping the image for Technique Junkies Stars are Brightly Shining - I inked up the stamp image with Versamark ink and covered it with detail gold embossing powder and heat set the powder. I tied a little bow and added it to the corner.  Layers complete the card.

I also used Art Anthology Coloration sprays to create the background for this card. Then I stamped the new Technique Junkie stamp Merry Christmas Wishes -  .  I highlighted different areas with Smooch paints and glitter glue.   I used an embossing folder and used Smooch paints on the embossed areas. I used a Stardust glitter pen to accent the letters and the snowflake medallion at the top of the image.

This fun stamp is just -- fun.  Pat Huntoon has a real interest in giraffes -- thus we have this cute Technique Junkie stamp Safari Santa - .  I  sprayed the white background with a beige Art Anthology Colorations spray, and then stamped the image inked up with black Memento ink.  I used Prisma colored pencils with Gamsol (odorless mineral spirits) to color in the dear giraffe and Santa hat.  I added some white or clear chunky glitter to the hat for interest.   I stamped the greeting (Technique Junkie stamp Joyeux Noel -  with black Versafine ink and heat embossed with detail black embossing powder.  I punched it out and also punched a red oval, cut it in half to layer behind the greeting. I layered the focal image with red card stock.  I dry embossed some tan card stock  and then highlighted the embossed lines with a brown ink pad.

So there you have four fairly easy cards ready for mailing!

Your next stop on this blog hop is with talented Tonya Davidson:

The full list for the Blog Hop is here:
Design Team Blog:
Lanette Erickson: Karen McAlpine:
Kathy Stacy:
Beth Norman:
Pam DeChellis:
Judy Jackson: - you are here
Tonya Davidson: - please go here next.
Pat Huntoon:

Please remember Pat has a 15% off on these newly released stamps through October 10th!  

Have a wonderful day, enjoy going stamp shopping -- and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Pine Cone Christmas

This is not a difficult card to make but it is a little time consuming. The Christmas Release Technique Junkie stamp I used is called All is Calm -

I used an embossing folder with black card stock.  Then I painted the pine needles and the pine cone with Smooch paints.  I used several shades of green Smooch paints.

I stamped the saying on green paper with Versamark ink and covered it with detail gold embossing powder - then heat set. In real life the gold embossing powder really stands out!  I punched out the saying and made two punches of the gold card stock. I cut those in half both vertically and horizontally so that I could layer the gold pieces behind the green card stock.  A cool trick, right?

This is just such a lovely card it doesn't need any other embellishments!

Don't forget that all of the Technique Junkie Christmas release stamps are on sale for 15% off through October 10!

Happy stamping and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Monday, September 26, 2016

Oh Holy Night!

This beautiful card was so easy to create!  It may be my Christmas card this year!  Although simple and easy to do, it did involve several steps.   I used this lovely new Technique Junkie Christmas release called Stars are Brightly Shining - ________________ and white card stock.

I first sprayed several colors of  blues and purples of the Art Anthology Colorations Sprays.  Then I used a sponge and burnished some additional  dye based ink in the fuchsia color range.  I heat set the card stock and then rubbed an Embossing Buddy over the surface so I could be sure embossing powder only went on the places I wanted it to go.

I stamped the stamp image  with Versamark ink, and then covered it all over with silver embossing powder, dumped off the excess, and heat set the embossing powder until it was shiny!

I layered the focal image sheet on teal card stock, then silver, and then navy blue.  Tada!  Done!

Happy stamping and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Saturday, September 24, 2016

All Is Calm

To create this card with this new Technique Junkie Christmas release stamp Calm and Bright -, I used Distress Inks and a sponge tool.  I sponged red in the center of the card -- just guessing at about how much area to cover with red ink.  I used two shades of red Distress Inks.  Then I used two shades of green ink on the rest of the white card stock. I heat set the ink. I don;t always do this but since I wanted to use embossing powder, I knew I needed to do this or the embossing powder would stick to all of the Distress Ink because it stays wetter longer than most dye based inks.

Then I inked up the stamp dye with black Versafine  and carefully stamped on green and red areas. Then I covered it with clear embossing powder and heat set.  I used Copic markers to color in the poinsettia flower and leaves.  I pressed the end of the brad in my Versamark pad and dipped in yellow embossing powder and heat set.  I did that twice.  Adding that embellishment and lots of layers finishes the card.

Have you started on your Christmas cards yet?  I haven't except for these and I must start soon!  And don't forget -- all of the Technique Junkie Christmas release stamps are on sale for 15% off through October 10.

Happy stamping and get inky!

Judy Jackson

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Merry Christmas!

 This is an easy Christmas card to make.  I used white card and sprayed several colors of Art Anthology Colorations sprays.  I stamped Technique Junkie Retro Sparkles -  - on top of the Colorations layer.  I used silver embossing powder over the Versamark ink and heat set.

Then I stamped  the newly released Technique Junkie stamp called Merry Christmas Wishes  - - with Versamark on purple vellum. I covered the stamped image with silver embossing powder and heat set.  I tore the vellum for visual interest and  adhered it with adhesive from my Xyron machine to the top layer of the base card.

After trimming the layers I need to use a teal card stock for the base card.  I stamped the tiny little Technique Junkie stamp called Breathe - SDX027 - around the edge of the card stock for the base card. It is a special stamp that is not always available. You can write to Pat Huntoon and ask about it.  
And my card is done.

Don't forget -- all of the new Christmas Release stamps are on sale now through October 10 -- for 15% off!

Have a wonderful day -- happy stamping, and get inky!

Judy Jackson